Letters to the Editor

Letter: Preference for Putin?

September 27, 2013


To the editor:

In the Sept. 21 Saturday Column, you rehash Benghazi again, throwing mud at our armed forces and our president. You suggest an immediate response was required. What? Air support was too far away, so our only response could have been retaliatory bombing or “boots on the ground.” Are you suggesting that? Another Far East conflict?

You imply that our president does not tell the truth. As Mitt Romney discovered in the debate, he did call it an act of terror. Did you forget? And to call him a liar … does Geroge W. Bush and WMD in Iraq ring a bell with you? Where were your castigations then?

You suggest Putin has come out of this looking like more of a leader with vision and boldness than our leader. Do you really believe that President Obama’s diplomatic efforts and threat of force had nothing to do with Putin’s surrendering to the inevitable need for Syria to give up their WMD? I, personally, prefer our leader over a former KGB colonel violating human rights and reducing gays and lesbians to subhuman status.

Does Putin’s invading of the sovereign country of Georgia make him a man of boldness and vision? I think not.

Lastly, does it really matter who seems to get the “credit” for what appears, at this moment, to be a major breakthrough? Do you really think the global community holds Putin in esteem? Are folks emigrating to or away from Russia?


FlintlockRifle 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes, missed clinton remarks still ring in this old fellows ears, strong


Mike Gerhardt 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Frankly, putin has danced rings around Obama in the international arena. The United States has lost much of the world's respect, largely due to the Obama administration's complete lack of foreign policy and the world perceives the US as weak under the current president. In the Russian Federation, Putin enjoys much more support than is portrayed in american news. I can say this because I have just returned from a two year posting there and was able to compare what was really happening there to what was televised and reported on by CNN and the likes.


Wally 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Allow me to complete that quote:

“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC has a process, I understand, going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the meantime.”

What does Nixon have to do with it?


OlDan 6 months, 3 weeks ago

"What difference does it make?" Hillary, Jan 2013


fmrl 6 months, 3 weeks ago

"Are folks emigrating to or away from Russia?" Ask French film star Gerard Depardieu among may others.


FarleyM 6 months, 3 weeks ago

While you dither about which good cop bad cop used what words, Putin played his hand. It's all about who gets the pipeline through Syria.

Benghazi, women and children of Syria are all collateral damage. No biggy.


poolside 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Good grief people. Do you not recognize good cop bad cop strategy when you see it?


Liberty275 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Do we still have people associated with terrorist groups in cages down in Cuba? I think it is a good place to keep them. Keeping it open is the right thing to do, but he promised to close it down. That's a lot like his red line. His mouth said one thing, but he did something else.

I think Putin comes across to many in the world as a hero for stopping America from getting into a civil war allied with it's own enemies in Syria. Plus it's like he does everything without wearing a shirt. He's like Teddy Roosevelt with a dumb political philosophy. What's not to love?


kansas45 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Tommy, why did you hit Joey? Well, mommy Mikey did so I figured it was alright.

Tommy, why did you lie about hitting Joey? Well, mommy, Mikey lied too so I figured it was alright.

Moral is, I assume, that you justify your actions, knowing they were wrong in the first place, by saying they were alright because everyone else is doing them. Wow, figured adults would act grown up. I guess in Mr Klein's opinion they don't have to.


Brock Masters 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Obama also lies when they classify the Fort Hood shootings as workplace violence. It is an act of terror fueled by radical Islamic beliefs.


Brock Masters 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Obama didn't call it an act of terror and Candy Crowley admitted after the debate she was wrong.

Obama does lie - he said he didn't establish the red line in regards to Syria. He did. It is on tape.

We may have been to late getting to Benghazi, but we should have tried.


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